There was a student's hostel in the Ashram. Many students from the country and abroad lived there. Some of them tried to learn spinning the yarn, comb the cotton or weave Khadi cloth on the handloom. Many students used to learn making spinning wheel in the carpentry workshop.
were both boys and girls in the Ashram. All of them studied there as well as
learnt these occupations.
a dormitory for women inmates. They would gather there and pray. They used to
study, card the cotton and spin yarn. These women inmates managed the kitchen of
the Ashram. They used to clean the grains in the store and cook food turn by
also a nursery school for small children but there were no special teachers to
attend to them. So, the women inmates worked there also!
a tannery also in the Ashram. The skin of the dead animals was tanned there.
They believed that using slaughtered animals' skin was violence. So, they used
the skin of dead animals to make shoes and chappals.
Ashram inmates worked in the fields also. They had planted trees of fruits and
plants of different types of cotton. Vegetables were also grown there. The
grains and cotton were grown in those fields.
men, women and children took part in all these jobs. Turn by turn they worked in
the kitchen, stored water, cleaned utensils, as well as cleaned the Ashram, the
cow-pen and the toilets. They also worked in the kitchen garden.
a beehive, there used to be continuous activity in Gandhiji's Ashram from
sunrise to sunset. Gandhiji had named it 'Udyog Mandir' (the temple of work)
which was quite appropriate.